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Posted on 11. Dec, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
On a sunny fall afternoon, Terin Fischer pulled her empty granny cart down the north side of 18th street and into her store. Business was on the rise for Fischer, a high-end consignment shop owner. Her store had been so packed in the morning that she opted to run the necessary errands herself, a luxury […]
Posted on 06. Dec, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
As New Yorkers, we’re used to change. Your favorite deli? It’s a Starbuck’s now. That cherished book store? Folks are doing downward facing dog where you once browsed for gently used post-modern literature. But what’s sometimes more jarring are the architectural changes. Maybe because they sprout up all around us, envelop us, remind us that […]
Posted on 20. Nov, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
A few months will be fifty years since French minimalist artist Yves Klein received a patent for the color that bears his name, International Klein Blue (IKB). IKB, to this day, is a very busy color. It has its own Web site, Facebook page (a modest 308 fans), movie (1962’s NSFW Blue Women Art, below), […]
Posted on 13. Nov, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
I play the viola and have taken music lessons for most of my life. But now, in this economy, music lessons have become a luxury. And gone are the days of Mom and Dad picking up the tab. The fact that I’ve had a prospective viola teacher’s name and phone number on my desk for […]
Posted on 06. Nov, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
The crisp fall air always reminds me of the opera. And this season it’s particularly on my mind, with the New York City Opera returning last night to a newly-renovated space and opera diva Beverly Sills’ estate sale taking place several weeks ago. Estate sales can be melancholy events. Someone, after all, has died and, […]
Posted on 02. Nov, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
Everyone loves a good parade and I’m no exception. But perhaps no one loves them as much as does Arto Lindsay. To prove this you need simply type in the performance artist’s name, along with the word “parade” into the YouTube search engine. Several options come up, among them Lindsay’s “Somewhere I Read,” a performance […]
Posted on 22. Oct, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
If moving is one of the most traumatic events in a person’s life, then moving from a rent-stabilized, centrally-located Manhattan apartment must be in another category of anxiety altogether. For this reason, residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village are loathe to give their names to the media, even in the midst of celebration. […]
Posted on 16. Oct, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
I wish that could say that my cats, Lewis and Clark, get nothing but the best, but that would be a lie. How healthfully they eat varies, just like it varies with me, and for all the same reasons. According to my schedule, they eat: Solid Gold, Iams or, in the most dire of circumstances, […]
Posted on 09. Oct, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
As the AIDS epidemic took hold in the 1980s, there was plenty of anger and fear to go around, especially in New York City. Familiar faces withered and became unrecognizable, then disappeared completely. Misinformation from the scientific world and inaction from the government abounded. Out of this grew ACT UP, a group committed to effecting […]
Posted on 02. Oct, 2009 by Carl Gaines.
My Kindle shame reached critical point Monday evening on a bench in Washington, D.C.’s Union Station. It seems most aggravated by trains and subways. I bought my Kindle a few months ago, before starting graduate school, thinking that it would be a handy way to read magazines. Several friends expressed their concerns, announcing that I […]